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March 26, 2008

If footballers weren’t thugs, and all religious folk could refrain from using faith as apologetics for bad behavior.

The Steelers have had two incidents of domestic abuse in their team recently. One, Cedric Wilson, who plays… football, I guess , was arrested for punching his girlfriend in a bar last Wednesday. 11 days prior, James Harrison broke down a door, grabbed his gilfriend’s cell phone and broke it as she was trying to dial 911, and then slapped her. Why did he flip out and become a monster? He wanted to have his son baptized, and she didn’t. Pow! Bang! To the moon!

Wilson was released from the team, and Harrison remains. When asked about this apparent double-standard,  team charimn Dan Rooney was quoted to say:

“What Jimmy Harrison was doing and how the incident occurred, what he was trying to do was really well worth it,” Rooney said of Harrison’s initial intent with his son. “He was doing something that was good, wanted to take his son to get baptized where he lived and things like that. She said she didn’t want to do it.”

So, it’s okay to beat up on a woman if there’s religious intent involved. Got it. Good thing this is the first time religion was used to explain violence!

(h/t to skepchick)

5 Comments leave one →
  1. March 26, 2008 9:34 am

    I love it when Christians act so Christ-like.

  2. KLT permalink
    March 26, 2008 1:23 pm

    Touche, nemski.

    Can I go slap the team chairman? Just give me a minute to figure out how the reason ties to religion. Oh yeah, my goddess said it was ok to slap dumb-asses.

  3. March 26, 2008 9:30 pm

    Oh yeah, my goddess said it was ok to slap dumb-asses.

    As if you needed goddess to tell you that; it’s a moral absolute!

  4. KLT permalink
    March 27, 2008 8:17 am

    Well I figured if it was in the name of religion, it wouldn’t get me kicked off the team.

  5. March 27, 2008 7:52 pm

    So, it’s okay to beat up on a woman if there’s religious intent involved

    Hmm, I seem to remember a certain religion that does this quite often. Let me think ….

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